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Thinking of trying to get my hands on something a little better than GIMP for my Astro Image Processing (something that supports 16 bit images).
(and basically Adobe Photoshop is too expensive for me)
I expect this has been discussed many times, but does anyone use Cyberlink PhotoDirector 9 (£47.99), or Serif Affinity Photo for Windows (£48.99) for their post DSS Image Processing?
The reviews on the above programs are very good indeed on the internet (ie) Tech Radar
I look forward to any recommendations or advice from those that might know please.
While I've been largely locked under clouds for a couple of months, I thought I'd write some software that I've been meaning to get around to for a while.
I use a standard LCD computer monitor for taking flats. I plug it in to my imaging laptop. I started off using a blank HTML page in a full-screen browser window to provide the uniform grey colour on the display but I needed to vary the brightness of the display for different filters.
So, I wrote some software that does it. The software is called Second Monitor Lightbox and is available free of charge from my site (paw-print.com).
If you use a CCD with filter wheel, it'll link to the filter wheel via the ASCOM driver so that, once you've set the perfect brightness for each filter, it will change brightness automatically as the filter changes.
It also has a 'preset' mode for non-ASCOM set ups so that you can just re-call a pre-determined brightness to match a certain configuration (filter, binning, etc).
There's a tutorial based around using SGP Pro on the site, so if you want to try it have a look through that.
When you install it, Windows will warn you that it's from an Unknown Publisher. This is just because I don't pay Microsoft an annual fee for a developer's certificate. Just tell Windows to install it anyway - you may need to click 'More information' to get the option to go ahead.
Let me know what you think. I hope some of you will find it useful. I know it saves me a load of hassle at the end of a long session trying to get the right brightness level to give decent flats for each filter.
You can get it from here: http://paw-print.com
Reinvigorated into imaging after attending a weekend SPA course at Preston Montford FSC centre, I've bought myself a Windows 10 laptop, but come up against a problem: I'm trying to install the drivers for the OpticStar DS335C ICE camera. I've got the latest drivers from OpticStar, but each time I try to install them, using the step-by-step instructions, I come up with a blue screen and the message:
"stop code SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED
What failed DS 335C64.sys"
I've checked that I have administrator rights and that my laptop is indeed 64 bit.
I've had no problems installing programs such as FireCapture (although version 6 didn't include the webcam option, so installed v.5 instead). Nebulosity which is on the same disk as the OpticStar camera loaded fine.
Can anyone help, before I chuck the blasted laptop through the window and really make it crash!!!! (I should probably say that I'm normally a Mac user, so not used to such problems!)
I bought a new laptop two days ago. Even though I do have the standard software like APT, PHD1,2, CdC, Stellarium, DSS, ASCOM, EQMOD etc. etc, Anyone have any other software in mind I could install? I'll admit that I kind of hoard them on the PC and not really use them.